6 Points None The Richer.
Saturday's game against Huddersfield town is a definate 6 pointer for the Shrimpers. They are directly below us and if Huddersfield win they go above us,
this is something we don't want to happen and why this game is of great improtance to us. I think a major issue with the players at the moment is the
small game we have coming up on the 3rd of January against an unknown team. And now brought by the news that Barnard and Freedman could be coming back
for a breif appearance on saturday does seem a coincedence. But that's just me making assumptions, if anything the possible return of Freedman and Barnard
couldn't of come at a more perfect time. The December period if always packed full of fixtures so I am going to be a busy boy and so will the strikers.
Also if they all stay fit it will give Tilson a chance to decide which partnership is best.
The last time we played Huddersfield at Roots Hall was on the 5th of December 2007 and it was an excellent day as we thrashed Hudders 4-1. With goals from
Leon Clarke, Mark Gower and two from Alan McCormack. Leon Clarke's goal was also the 2000th goal to have been scored at Roots Hall so that was one for us
to all remember. Although both teams have changed since we last played each other lets hope we can get a good deserved 3 points.
Huddersfield's Last 5 League Results:
Walsall (H) 2-1 - Roberts, Collins
Leyton Orient (H) 0-1
Brighton (A) 0-1 - Collins
Leeds (A) 1-2 - Skarz, Collins
Crewe (H) 3-2 - Butler, Craney, Parker
Huddersfield's away record this season:
How they lined up on the 5/12/2007:
Southend United: Collis, Hunt, P Clarke Barrett, Hammell, McCormack, Maher, Bailey, Gower, Morgan, L Clarke.
Subs: Flahavan, Richards, MacDonald, Francis, Moussa.
Huddersfield Town: Glennon, Holdsworth, Skarz, Mirfin, Clarke, Cadamarteri, Schofield, Sinclair, Kamara, Wallwork, Booth.
Subs: Jevons, Collins, Smithies, Beckett, Williams.
How they lined up in their last league game:Southend United: Mildenhall, Francis, Clarke, Barrett, Harding, Betsy, McCormack, Milsom, Stanislas, Revell, Laurent.
Subs: Feeney, Walker, Joyce, Grant, Sankofa.
Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Holdsworth, Collins, Craney, Clarke, Cadamarteri, Goodwin, Williams, Roberts, Butler, Berrett
Subs: Glennon, Clarke, Jevons, Kamara, Lucketti
Southend United have 12 different changes to their squad since the last game in December 2007.
Huddersfield Town have 7 different changed to their squad since the last game in December 2007.
The Gaffer:Lee Clark - The 36 year old ex midfielder had long and successful 17 year footballing career making a total of 440 appearances for Newcastle, Sunderland
and Fulham. He scored 60 goals in his career which was started at Newcastle as a youth and then played his first career game in 1990 and 197 appearances
and 7 years later he was sold to arch rivals Sunderland due to falling out of favour after a bust up with Kevin Keegan. He then went onto make 74
appearances in 3 years with Sunderland and moved to Fulham. He then went on to play 149 games for Fulham untill in 2005 he was signed back to Newcastle
on a month by month contract and given a coaching role. On December 11th it was decided that Lee Clark would take over from caretaker manager Gerry Murphy.
But this will not be his first game in charge he will be watching from the stands as Murphy stays in charge.
The likely Line Up:
Matthew Glennon - 30 year old 6ft 2 Goalkeeper. Started his career in 1997 with Bolton yet did not make a single appearance for them he spent most of his
4 year career out on loan. In 2001 he signed for Hull and made 35 appearances then next year signed for Carlisle where he made 114 appearances. After 3
years he moved onto Scottish side Falkirk and then St Johnstone. In 2006 he signed for Huddersfield and has so far made 109 appearances. He wears the no.
27 shirt as he prefers it but is the clubs no.1 goalkeeper.
Andy Holdsworth - 24 year old, 5ft 9 Defender. Who is no relation to Dean Holdsworth, Andy is a product of the Huddersfield's youth set up. Andy has played
212 games and scored 6 goals since 2003 and last season was voted Player of the year by the Huddersfield fans.
Nathan Clarke - 25 year old, 6ft 1 Defender. He like Holdsworth is another product of Huddersfield's youth set up, he has played 224 games and scored 5
goals since his first game in 2001. He is the clubs vice captain and was linked with a move to Wigan in 2005 but nothing ever came of it.
Andy Butler - 25 year old, 6ft Defender. Butler started his career with Scunthorpe United in 2002 and in a 6 year career made 134 appearances for them
and scoring 15 goals. In 2006 he spent 4 games on loan at Grimsby in order to gain match fitness after an injury. Butler left Scunthorpe in 2008 after
turning down a contract, he joined Huddersfield becaue he found the club more suitable for his families needs. He also appeared on Soccer AM's cross bar
challenge dressed as Wonder Women whilst at Scunthorpe.
Michael Collins - 22 year old, 6ft Defender. Like Holdsworth and Clarke, Collins is a product of the youth set up and has played 118 games since 2004
scoring 10 goals. Collins has also played for the U18's and U21 Irish team qualifying due to his parents. Collins has been on fine goalscoring form
this season scoring 3 goals in his last 5 league games.
Ian Craney - 26 year old, Midfielder. Played for Everton during his youth days but got his first break into football with Altrincham in 2001. Then
after 128 appearances and scoring 32 goals he signed for Accrington Stanley in 2004 where he made 94 appearances and scored 28 goals. After a successful
loan spell with Swansea Craney signed for Swansea for £150,000 where he played 20 games and was later loaned back to Accrington Stanley and moved back there
in 2008. He was later signed by Huddersfield after two games with Accrington this season for an undisclosed fee and has played 17 times and scored 4 goals.
Jim Goodwin - 27 year old, Irish Midfielder. Started career with Celtic and after only making 1 appearance signed for Stockport County in 2002, where he
made 103 appearances and scored 7 goals. He signed for Scunthorpe in 2005 but was later released in 2008 after making 84 appearances and scoring 4 goals.
He was then picked up by Huddersfield in June 2008 and has made 15 appearances so far. He also has one international cap for the Republic of Ireland in
2002 when he came on as a sub for Robbie Keane.
Robbie Williams - 24 year old, Midfielder. No its not the million selling pop star, started his career with Barnsley in 2002 making 66 appearances and
scoring 4 goals. He spent 9 games on loan at Blackpool scoring 4 goals in 2007 and later that year signed for Huddersfield and has made 35 appearances
and scored 2 goals.
Gary Roberts - 24 year old, Midfielder. Having spent some of his youth with Liverpool it didn't work out straight away for Roberts. He spent 2 years
playing in the Welsh league untill Accrington Stanley snapped him up from Welshpool Town in 2005. After playing 66 games and scoring 23 goals for
Accrington he was snapped up after a successful loan by Ipswich Town. After 54 appearances for Ipswich and 4 goals he was sent out on loan to Crewe
then later signed by Huddersfield in 2008 making 19 appearances and scoring 4 goals so far.
James Berrett - 19 year old, Irish Midfielder. Another product of Huddersfield's youth set up Berrett has made 21 appearances since 2007 and scored 1
goal. He has also played for the Republic Of Ireland U18's, U19's and U21's.
Danny Cadamarteri - 29 year old, striker. An experienced striker who started his career in 1996 with Everton where he made 92 appearances and scored
13 goals in a 6 year stint with the Toffee's. He has also had two spells with Bradford City and Leeds United. He has also played for Sheffield United,
Grays Athletic, Fulham, Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers. He signed for Huddersfield in 2007 and has played 23 times and scored 3 goals.
Ricey's Ones to watch.Phil Jevons - Always know for scoring against us and was known to be a target of Tilson's on a couple of occasions. He still has an eye for goal and
will definatly be out to upset our efforts for 3 points.
Andy Butler - Highly rated defender who will be out to cause our strikers problems.
Danny Cadamarteri - He is one of those names that you read it and think "He will score against us". Lets hope Clarkey and Barrett will keep him in touch
so he doesn't cause us any problems.
Robbie Williams - I have picked him just because of his name. Always makes me chuckle... But is a very highly rated midfielder and a good foil for the
strikers and will be out to assist the front two in scoring.
So there you have it another Ricey's report is over and done with the most noticeable thing is the missing Keigan Parker who has been injured and is doubtful
for our game on saturday.
Also on another note I hope to see everyone in The Spread on saturday to all laugh at Gareth (toellandback) who lost a bet and has to come to a Southend
United game, wear the shirt, sit in The Blue Voice section and drink in the spread after the game. It has all been done for charity and they have raised
over a £800 but its still not to late to sponsor him its for The Little Havens charity.
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Thank You Goodnight Much Love,